Wuyuan Travel Guide

Wuyuan Travel Guide

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 Chinese Name: 婺源 (wù yuán)
 Honorary Title: The Most Beautiful Countryside in China
 Area: 2,948 square kilometers (1,138 square miles)
 Population: 362,200 (2011)

 Location and Geographical Feature: Located in the northeast corner of Jiangxi Province in east China, Wuyuan County neighbors Jingdezhen to the west, Quzhou to the east, Yellow Mountain to the north, and Mt. Sanqingshan to the south. Undulating hills descend from the higher northeast part to the lower southwest.

 Administrative Division: Belonging to Shangrao City of Jiangxi, it has one residential district, ten towns, and six villages.
 Seat of Government: No.1 Rancheng Road

Local Highlights - Things to Do

1. Ancient Huizhou Architectures and Rich Cultural Heritage:
Having stood for more than 1,000 years, Wuyuan County was first set up in 740 during the Tang Dynasty (618-907). It is an essential part of the ancient Huizhou Culture, with a series of ancient villages retaining the typical Huizhou residences, mansions of historical celebrities, ancestral halls, and antique gallery bridges. Many scholars and talented people in history leave the country with a deep cultural legacy.

2. Natural Wonder - Paradise of Rape Flowers
The breathtaking scenery of an immense sea of golden rape flowers in spring gains Wuyuan a reputation of ‘the most beautiful countryside in China’. Every March numerous tourists swarm to the small town, just for a look of the harmonious beauty like a traditional Chinese painting, with green hills and valleys, karst caves, limpid streams, canola terraces, and exquisite houses. Other spring blossom and the autumn foliage also add natural charm to the town.
Rape Flowers Sightseeing Guide

Tour Routes and Top Attractions

After visiting the Wuyuan Museum in the downtown, tourists should head for the beautiful countryside. There are three major tour routes. The east and north lines are popular, while the west line has less visitors.
 

- a chain of beautiful ancient villages

Moon Bay  →  Likeng Village (Small Likeng)  →  Wangkou Village  →  Jiangwan Village  →  Huangling Village  →  Xiaoqi Village  →  Jiangling Village  →  Qingyuan Village  →  Wulongyuan Driftage  →  Guankeng Village
 

- delicate villages and natural attractions radiating from Qinghua Town

Congxi Driftage  →  Sixi & Yancun Villages  →  Changtan Village  →  Rainbow Bridge (in Qinghua Town)

When arriving in Qinghua Town, tourists can choose from the following three branches:
a. Wolong Valley of Dazhang Mountain  →  Ancestral Hall of Huang Village  →  Jujing Village  →  Lingyan Cave Forest Park  →  Shicheng Village
b. Hong Village  →  Qingfeng Cave  →  Camphor Tree Folk Garden
c. Zheyuan Country  →  Hongguan Village  →  Likeng Village (Big Likeng)
 

- secluded natural scenery; town of Chinese tea

Wengong Mountain  →  Kengtou Village  →  Fuchun Ancient Town  →  Mandarin Duck Lake  →  Jinshan Ecological Tea Garden  →  Changxi Village  →  Fengyou Mountain

Transportation

How to get to Wuyuan?

1. Air: There is no airport in the county. If coming by plane, tourists can choose to arrive at Jingdezhen Airport, Huangshan Airport, Nanchang Airport, or Quzhou Airport first, and then take a bus to the county.

2. Train: Beijing - Fuzhou High Speed Railway, with a stop in Wuyuan, is regarded as ‘the most beautiful high speed railway in China’. Travelers can take trains to this county from many cities in east and south China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Nanchang, Hefei, Jinan, Qingdao, Tianjin, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen.
See detailed Wuyuan Train Schedule and Station

3. Long-Distance Bus: Jingdezhen, Shangrao, Quzhou, Yingtan, Jiujiang, Huangshan, and Nanchang in Jiangxi Province and nearby areas have frequent shuttles to the county. Shanghai, Hangzhou, Wuhan, and Guangzhou also have through buses.
 

How to get around?

The Bus Station in the downtown has buses to the villages along the three tour routes. One can also hire a taxi or rent a car to the scenic spots. Remember to negotiate the price with the driver before boarding a car. There are also motorbikes run by the local villagers, but they are not recommended for safety. Cycling is a good choice to explore deep into the beautiful villages, while in some remote areas with secluded scenery but bumpy roads, hiking is the best and only way to get a close contact with nature.

Weather

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With subtropical monsoon moist climate, Wuyuan has distinct four seasons. The annual average temperature is approximately 16.8°C (62.2 °F), while the high temperature can reach 35°C (95 °F) during its hottest month July. The annual rainfall averages 1,962 mm, with rainy season from April to June.

The best time to visit is from March to April, when the rape flowers are in full bloom. August to October is a good time to see the unique scene of "Dry Crops in Autumn", while November and December are the right months to appreciate the fiery maple leaves. 

Wuyuan Travel Tips

Photography Tips

A piece of photographic work named “Heaven on Earth” capturing the wonder moment of Jiangling canola terraces won first prize in an international photo competition. Nowadays, lots of photographic exhibitions are held in Wuyuan. Numerous tourists and photographers linger there to find the ideal shooting points and wait for the best time and light. Jiangling Village’s rape flowers and Changxi Village’s fiery maple trees are top themes for experienced photographers.
 

Accommodation

There are several star-rated hotels in the downtown, but the accommodation standard in the rural area is limited. Many tourists like to stay in the local houses or inns in the ancient villages. After a whole day’s trip, a rest in the small but cozy inns would be a good way to feel the authentic local lifestyle and communicate with the honest and simple local people.
 

Dining

The famous local food includes Steamed Red Carp, Paste Dishes (Tofu Paste, Pumpkin Paste), Steamed Meat/Veg with Rice Powder, Pickled Fish in Wine, fiddlehead greens, Green Dumpling (Qingtuan), and Steamed Rice Cake. The local osmanthus wine, rice wine, and green tea are worth trying.
 

Shopping

Red carp, green tea, black Dragon Tail Inkstone, and white Jiangwan Snow Pear are the typical four local products of Wuyuan. The exquisite woodcarvings and oiled paper umbrellas are best souvenirs. Chaxiang West Road and Zhuzi Pedestrian Street in the downtown are popular shopping areas.
 

Entertainment

Besides the natural scenery, visitors can know more about the local culture through various kinds of special activities and folk performances. One can join the villagers to pick tea-leaves, watch the local Huizhou Opera, or enjoy the Nuo Dance which is to drive away devils and pray for blessings. The dragon lantern parade on Lantern Festival, the Piling Pagoda Worship Ceremony on Mid-Autumn Day, and the tourism festival every November provide more amusements.
 

Other Tips

Area Code: 0793
Zip Code: 333200
Bank of China: No.1, Dongxi Road
Post Office: No. 1, Tianyou Road, Ziyang Town
People Hospital: No. 17, South Wengong Road
Useful Telephone Numbers: Police: 110; Fire: 119; Ambulance: 120; Traffic: 122; Weather Forecast: 121; Tourist Complaint: 0793-7343605
- Last modified on May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Wuyuan Travel
Asked by Max from GERMANY | Jun. 26, 2019 20:47Reply
How to get to Wuyuan from Hangzhou? And would you recommend going in July?
Thanks!!
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Answered by Dane from USA | Jun. 27, 2019 02:42
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You can take high speed train from Hangzhou East to Wuyuan and it takes about 2-3 hours. The ticket costs CNY154.5-475.5. It is suggested to visit in March, April, November and December.
Asked by Hoang Giang from VIETNAM | May. 06, 2019 04:42Reply
Hello, Could u tell me how to get to Huangling from Hongcun?
I need to come back Huangshan and take train to wuyuan or i can take bus from Hongcun.
Another question not related to wuyuan. Pl, tell me how to get to Hongcun from Hangzhou, what time does it take?
Which is the suitable time to see yellow leaves in wuyuan? Thanku so much
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Answered by Nancy from CANADA | May. 08, 2019 02:27
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1. You can take a bus from Hongcun to Huangshan North. The bus departs from 7:30 to 15:30 every hour.

2. Take a high speed train from Hangzhou East to Huangshan North and then take a bus to Hongcun. It takes about 2 hours to Huangshan North and 1.5 hours from the railway station to Hongcun.

3. October is the best time to see fallen leaves.
Asked by Anna from SINGAPORE | Mar. 17, 2019 04:11Reply
Is there any luggage storage at Wuyuan Train Station?
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Answered by Emily from CANADA | Mar. 20, 2019 02:53
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Yes, the railway station provides left luggage service. You can find the place based on the signs after arriving at the station.
Asked by Juniper Greve from AUSTRALIA | Mar. 11, 2019 02:00Reply
I am wondering whether it is possible to hire a bike and ride some of the attractions of Wuyuan.
Are the distances too far? Is it difficult riding? We have 3-4 days.
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Answered by Aria from SINGAPORE | Mar. 14, 2019 23:05
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Yes, you can hire a bike and ride some attractions. 3-4 Days are enough. The distance is not far. It will be ok to ride.
Have a nice journey!
Asked by Lu from CHINA | Mar. 11, 2018 18:34Reply
Is there a ticket fee to pay to visit these villages in Wuyuan?
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Answered by Helen from ITALY | Mar. 11, 2018 21:53
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There is a combo ticket to cover thee 14 main attractions there. It costs CNY 210 and the validity period is 5 days. Other villages are free of charge.
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